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Tips and Resources for Older Job Seekers
Tips and Resources for Older Job Seekers

Dear Savvy Senior,

What resources can you recommend to help older job seekers? I'm 60 and have been out of work for nearly a year now and need some help.

Seeking Employment

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Safety precautions to be included in new South Bend Elementary design

South Bend School District is receiving, from the state capital budget, 70% of the funds (over $11 million) needed to build a new elementary school. Voters are being presented with a $4.95 million-dollar bond proposal this April 24, 2018 in order to raise the remaining funds for the project. With student and staff safety on the forefront of many people's minds, one question we are getting from people is, "Will the new South Bend elementary school have updated safety/security enhancements?"

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Could You Have Diabetes?
Could You Have Diabetes?

Dear Savvy Senior,

My brother and his wife, who are ages 60 and 56, were recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and prediabetes, and neither one had a clue. Could I have it too?

Concerned Sibling

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Trump: Let's Arm Teachers
Trump: Let's Arm Teachers

President Trump recently unveiled his plan for gun laws and ways to try and put an end to the growing consistency of mass shootings. The most interesting part of the plan was to arm teachers in schools.

Schools are places for our children to learn and they shouldn't be terrified each and every day that a school shooting is possible or that their lives are at risk. Possibly for the first time in Trump's presidency I can actually agree with him on something while completely despising him in almost every way.

The reality is shootings are happening and it's time that something be done. What did Obama do after Sandy Hook? Pretty much nothing. Trump is actually trying something, he is doing something, but instead is garnering more criticism than positivity. Maybe his idea will work, it's sure a lot better then not doing anything at all.

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Strength Training Tips For Seniors
Strength Training Tips For Seniors

Dear Savvy Senior,

I've fallen several times over the past year and my doctor has recommended that I start a strength-training program to help prevent future falls. But at age 72, I've never lifted weights before and could use some help. What can you tell me?

Looking for Help

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A word from SB School District

South Bend School District is proposing a $4.95 million dollar bond initiative to voters this April 24, 2018. Revenue from the bond, in conjunction with over $11 million from state special funding provided in the capital budget and School Construction Assistance Program, will provide the needed funds of approximately $16 million dollars to construct a new elementary school, replacing the almost 70-year-old Chauncey Davis Elementary building. This article attempts to provide specific information about the project and proposed bond.

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Income Tax Filing Requirements for Retirees
Income Tax Filing Requirements for Retirees

Dear Savvy Senior,

What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for seniors this year? I didn't file a tax return the past two years because my income was below the filing requirements, but I got a part-time job late last year, so I'm wondering if I'm required to file this year.

Part-time Retiree

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Sheaffer: Resources
Sheaffer: Resources

I recently had an opportunity to sit down one to one with someone and talk about our community; to talk about what's here, what's lacking, and what are the strengths. I enjoyed it.

A couple dynamics came out of the conversation, one of which is the amount of free or reduced costs resources that are available to people. Just one example are the recent outreach gatherings that occurred in both north and south Pacific County: Project Homeless.

Project Homeless is geared toward people who for whatever reason are without a place to call "home", and are still making their way through each day. These events offer information and services to all who come, and has been a huge help to a lot of people.

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Baby Boomers Finding Companionship Online
Baby Boomers Finding Companionship Online

Dear Savvy Senior,

What can you tell me about online dating for baby boomers? I'm 57 and recently divorced, and would like to find a new friend to spend time with.

Lonely Linda

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Harbor Happenings

Raymond Timberland Library presents Drama-rama on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for grades 1 to 12. Learn how to be on stage and let your inner star shine brightly! Come to one workshop or join us weekly for improv grames and acting skill building. For more information call (360) 942-2408.

Raymond Timberland Library presents Kid and Their Grown Up Book Club on Thursday, Feb. 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for grades 1 to 6. The world is a better place when kids read and talk with their grown ups. Meet other families and discuss this month's book or whatever you are reading. Snacks are provided. For more information call (360) 942-2408.

Free tax return preparation: AARP tax aid volunteers will e-file your taxes for free. Come to the Raymond library every second and forth Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. They are there Feb. 10, Feb. 24, Mar. 10, Mar. 24 and April 14.

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Three Ways to Cut Hearing Aid Costs
Three Ways to Cut Hearing Aid Costs

Dear Savvy Senior,

I've heard that hearing aids will soon be available over-the-counter and will be much cheaper than they currently are. What can you tell me about this? My husband desperately needs hearing aids but we simply can't afford them.

Searching Spouse

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Taxes go up in 2018

The 2018 tax statements will be mailed the second week in February. As I stated in my last article most taxpayers will see an increase in their 2018 taxes due to the State Legislature's funding for education (mine went up $200). This funding is a result of the order handed down by the State Supreme Court in the McCleary case. The new state levy (part 2) for Pacific County is $1.03 per thousand. That amount added on top of the existing part 1 state levy of $1.89 makes a total of $2.92 for the state school levy. Seniors currently exempt from excess levies are also exempt from the new Part 2 state levy. Links to further information on the new Part 2 levy may be found on the back of your tax statement.

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How to Find Volunteer Opportunities in Retirement
How to Find Volunteer Opportunities in Retirement

Dear Savvy Senior,

What resources can you recommend for locating interesting volunteer opportunities? Since I retired, I've been doing some volunteer work but most of the opportunities I've tried haven't been very satisfying.

Unsatisfied Volunteer

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Sheaffer: MSP - Extra Help
Sheaffer: MSP - Extra Help

Let's take a look at a couple things this time--a reminder and perhaps something new to you. First, the reminder, and it's all about saving money if you have a Medicare premiums and/or co-pays.

The Medicare Part B premium (think clinics, outpatient services, etc) is currently $134/month for most people, and for some, this gets to be a pretty big hit. People whose only source of income is Social Security may already be struggling to get everything else paid and the premium cost just adds to the burden.

Enter Medicare Savings Programs (MSP). Let's start out by stating that even though this is a Medicaid program, it doesn't carry any estate recovery issues with it. At the risk of sounding too confusing, it's a Medicaid program that helps cover the costs of Medicare. (I know, the names tend to blur.)

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Financial Tips for Retiring Abroad
Financial Tips for Retiring Abroad

Dear Savvy Senior,

What are some financial factors to consider when retiring abroad? My husband and I will be retiring in a few years and are interested in living in a foreign country that's cheaper than the U.S.

Frugal Couple

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Sheaffer: Medicare Fraud
Sheaffer: Medicare Fraud

Let's talk Medicare. We're not getting into the various parts of Medicare, but we are going to take a look at how fraud has continued to hit the Medicare system.

It used to be that when we heard about "organized crime", we pictured everything from 1930's machine gun toting bad guys to Ponzi schemes and illegal gambling. As with the rest of society, crime has kept up with cultural changes and relevant "opportunities".

Some may be surprised that Medicare is a huge target, and a while back, I read that approximately $60 billion has been scammed from Medicare---and that just in one year. Fraud runs rampant and where's there's money to be made, scammers will gather.

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Help With Home-Care Bills
Help With Home-Care Bills

Dear Savvy Senior,

Do you know of any resources that can help with my mother's home-care bills? Mom is recovering from a stroke and needs in-home care, but I understand Medicare doesn't cover it, and she doesn't have long-term care insurance.

Stressed-Out Daughter

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Sheaffer: Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
Sheaffer: Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

So you've decided you don't want to remain at home alone any longer. Maybe you've had some health issues and safety has become a more important issue than in the past. Maybe you've thought about hiring an in-home care worker to help out, but realize that the majority of the day--and night--you might still be alone.

Maybe you're just tired of not being around other people and want to live somewhere that has socialization opportunities, plus help when/if needed.

I've talked a lot about Adult Family Homes (AFH) and Assisted Living facilities (AL) in this space, and I won't dig into their details again right now. The advice given time after time still is valid: Look before you leap. Even if you're just thinking about moving into one or the other, check them out, talk to residents and staff, ask around.

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